Check Notation submenu

This submenu offers utilities for checking the notational integrity of several types of elements.

  • Check Elapsed Time. Choose this command to display the Elapsed Time dialog box, which shows the real-time length of the selected region of music based on the currently defined tempo.
  • Check Ties. Choose this command to correct the playback of ties in a selected region. Occasionally when entering ties into the score using Simple Entry or Speedy Entry, playback is incorrect. For example, the ending tied note may be articulated again instead of being added to the duration of the note to which it’s tied; furthermore, when a tie straddles a system line break, the tie sometimes isn’t continued onto the next system. This command corrects these problems.

    Additionally, this command fixes any missing accidentals on notes that were formerly tied. For example, if two notes with an accidental on the first had been tied and the octave of the second note was changed, the accidental might not be drawn on the second note. This command corrects this problem.

  • Convert Mirrors. Choose this command to convert mirrored measures into "real" measures, severing the link to the original source measures and changing the selected mirror measures into normal non-mirrors. The Convert Mirrors dialog box appears, prompting you to confirm the conversion.
  • Fill With Rests. Choose this command to check a selected region of music for rhythmically incomplete measures and automatically fills them with the correct number of rests, saving you the time-consuming task of checking measures yourself (perhaps inaccurately). Fill With Rests works on full measures, not partial measures. However, if you select a region that contains a partial measure, Finale warns you that the full measure will be filled with rests. You can choose to continue or to cancel the Fill With Rests request.

    Note that this command will not affect empty measures (measures with default rests). To do so, use the Change to Real Whole Rests plug-in. Also, if you have selected one of the Allow Dotted Rests in the More Quantization Settings dialog box, Finale allows the use of dotted rests. For example, three eighth rests will become a dotted quarter rest.

  • Remove Manual Slur Adjustments. Choose this command to reset any Smart Shape slurs to their default positions. Engraver slurs will reshape independently again.
  • Reset All Groups & Brackets. Choose this command to apply Finale's automatic group and bracket settings to all staves and systems in your score. These are the same settings Finale uses when creating groups and brackets when you start a new score with the Setup Wizard. This setting might be required if you have unchecked Automatic Instrument Family Group Brackets in Preferences - Edit dialog box and wish to restore Finale's automatic groups and brackets throughout your score. When invoking this command, all manual changes to groups are removed.

See also:


Smart Shape slurs

Staff groups

Brackets: Staves